Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield has signed on to star in the sci-fi adventure Out of This World for Relativity Media. Relativity Studios is behind the project, which has Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) set to direct. The story begins with a billionaire entrepreneur's mission to colonize Mars, which results in a female astronaut becoming pregnant on the planet.
The astronaut died during childbirth, but her infant son was raised in secrecy on Mars. 16 years later, after returning to Earth, the teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) enlists the help of a mission specialist and connects with a young woman he has been communicating with. They both set off on a road trip across America to find the father he never knew.
Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma) wrote the original screenplay, with Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay (Hector and the Search for Happiness) providing the most recent revisions. Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh is producing with Southpaw Entertainment's Richard B. Lewis (August Rush). Allan Loeb will serve as executive producer alongside Tucker Tooley, Steven Pearl and Sasha Harari.
No production schedule was given for Out of This World. 17-year-old Asa Butterfield will next be seen in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. His other credits include Hugo, Nanny McPhee Returns and The Wolfman.